The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Major Cold Edition

I’ve had some form of a cold for fifteen straight days now. I’ve considered going to the doctor a few times, but I really think it’s actually been at least three different colds because the symptoms are so different. It started off clearly as a sinus infection that appeared to largely go away, then it was replaced by a vicious sore throat that rendered me almost incapable of speaking, then it turned into what felt like an inner ear or jaw infection, and then into an upper respiratory thing. I’m actually pretty sure it’s been four different things, but I know I’ve spent two weeks in abject misery. If things aren’t better by Friday, I’m finally heading to the doctor.

Anyway, here are some interesting articles.

Dangerous Norms: When a Treat Becomes a Routine Matter I wrote this article over at Get Rich Slowly, which was something of a foreshadowing of my recent realization about my book addiction. (@ get rich slowly)

Why Is Rich Often Equated with Evil? I think it’s mostly due to the fact that wealth inherently means that you have more resources than someone else and that inherently makes you a target for others. One effect of being a target is that you’re painted with a negative brush in order to eliminate sympathy. (@ wise bread)

Should We Pay Off Credit Card Debt Before Having a Baby? Surprisingly, I don’t think so. My feeling is that if you wait for the “perfect” time to have a child, you’ll be waiting forever. Instead, ask yourself if you’re emotionally ready to be a parent. If you think you are and you truly want a child, the other pieces will fall into place. (@ frugal dad)

How Is Your Christmas Savings Fund Doing? Our fund was completed in June when we decided to put aside a piece of our economic stimulus package for the holiday. (@ gather little by little)

Is Eating Organic Food Worth The Money? Rather than moving towards organic, my family is eating more and more locally. We’re hitting farmer’s markets, buying from a local dairy (the wonderful Picket Fence Creamery in Woodward, Iowa), and we’re about to join a CSA. For us, it’s more of a food freshness issue – and also a relief that we’re not subsidizing the transportation of this food from another part of the globe. (@ lazy man and money)

Spend Less When Touring in DC Solid advice for visiting D.C. that’s applicable (in a general sense) to almost any large city one might visit. (@ mrs. micah)

Attaching Value: Is Something Always Worth It Just Because It’s Free? The word “free” bothers me (unless it’s a friend or family member that I know well) because I’ve learned over time that there’s never such a thing as a free lunch. You only get “free” stuff if there’s some sort of catch somewhere. (@ queercents)

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